war on terror

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Should the United States continue the War on terrorism? If yes, why? If not, why not ? September 11 th 2001 was a dark day not only for the United States but also for the entire world. Terrorists carried out attacks on the most powerful country killing approximately 3000 innocent people. Many people including former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, believe that the world changed fundamentally that one faithful Tuesday morning (Guelke). The United States responded aggressively to this cowardly act with President George W. Bush vowing revenge against the perpetrators. The war on terrorism was the term given to this battle of the United States against terrorist groups all over the world. In an address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, President Bush promised that the War on Terrorism “will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated.”(Melanson) Almost seven years have passed since that speech, and unfortunately the war on terrorism is still an ongoing conflict. In my opinion, the time has come for the United States to realize that there is only so much they can do in this war and wiping terrorism completely off the map is an unrealistic goal. The immense financial and human cost that has gone into this war with no end in sight is a clear indicator that United States must stop their war on terrorism immediately. The war in Afghanistan marked the beginning of the war on terrorism with the main aim to bring to justice the people responsible for the September 11 attacks in the United States. In October 2001, less than a month after the September attacks, US and UK troops invaded Afghanistan with the purpose of removing the corrupt Taliban regime, dismantling the Al-Qaeda and capturing Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. Millions of dollars were spent on trying to achieve these objectives but even now things are
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course IR 101 taught by Professor Garrett during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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